Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
6.1 Earthquake hits Guerrero, Mexico.
5.6 Earthquake hits southeast of the Loyalty Islands.
5.5 Earthquake hits the Kuril Islands.
5.3 Earthquake hits the Bougainville region, Papua New Guinea.
5.2 Earthquake hits Guerrero, Mexico.
Earthquakes and Fracking
Since records began in 1776, the people of Youngstown, Ohio had never experienced an earthquake. However, from January 2011, 109 tremors have been recorded – reportedly due to shale fracking.
In the Western Pacific:
Tropical storm Pewa is located approximately 260 nm northeastward of Wake Island.
Tropical depression Three is located approximately 747 nm eastward of Wake Island. The final warning has been issued on this system.
Tropical storm Trami is located approximately 158 nm eastward of Taipei, Taiwan.
For the first time in history, the U.S. Government has ordered that flow of Colorado River water from the 50-year-old Glen Canyon Dam be slashed, due to a water crisis brought about by the region’s historic 14-year drought. On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Reclamation announced that it would cut water released from Lake Powell’s Glen Canyon Dam by 750,000 acre-feet in 2014. An acre-foot is the amount of water that will cover an acre of land one foot deep; 750,000 acre-feet is enough water to supply at least 750,000 homes for one year.
The flow reduction will leave the Colorado River 9% below the 8.23 million acre feet that is supposed to be supplied downstream to Lake Mead for use in California, Nevada, Arizona and Mexico under the Colorado River Compact of 1922 and later agreements. “This is the worst 14-year drought period in the last hundred years.